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A Field Guide to Mushrooms: North America Paperback – Feb 15 1998


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2nd Revised edition edition (Feb. 15 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395910900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395910900
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By michael t. fleming on July 3 2000
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I found this book to be well illustrated. And although not as comprehensive as i'd hoped, it is still the most complete guide I have found. Overall, I feel it is well above average--and I'm quite hard to please!
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I bought this book to help me identify the countless mushrooms that grow in my yard. I'm still having trouble idenitfying them for the book is not straight forward in assisting how to identify for there are more drawings than photos. It does have a wealth of knowledge about the different mushrooms once they are identified.
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By dan hunter on Oct. 8 2014
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It is one of the standards among field guides.
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By Kimberley Ohlis on Dec 8 2014
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xmas gift for my husband - on his wish list.
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101 of 101 people found the following review helpful
Still a standard field guide to fungi Nov. 21 2005
By Christopher J. Sharpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This field guide is nearly twenty years old, but there are so few field guides to fungi that it still remains a standard reference. Like all Peterson field guides, it is handy and compact and can easily be taken into the field and pored over with the mushrooms in their wild habitat. The text is detailed and accurate and a "similar species" section is very useful. However, this guide uses painted plates whereas amateurs generally find it easier to identify fungi by photographs. I personally find photographs more accurate, but enjoy paintings in their own right. In this case the paintings are pleasing and quite faithful.

Although this guide should be on every mushroom enthusiast's shelves, a better beginners guide might be Roger Phillips' photographic book which has now appeared in a revised edition (on Amazon.com: ISBN 1554071151). Phillips provides 1000 photographs compared to this guide's 700 illustrations. However, Phillips is rather large to take into the field except in a backpack. Bear in mind that no fungus guide is comprehensive - each treats a selection of species - so it is wise to have a good selection in order to be in with a chance of correct identification.

So, until a compact photographic guide to fungi appears, this tried and tested Peterson guide will continue to fill a niche in the mushroom hunter's library.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
If you are beginning, start with this one. Oct. 21 2007
By J. Rapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We own several different guides. Each has it's own strength. I recommend this as the first guide for those beginning to identify MR/Fungi. It covers most of the basic MR/Fungi family, but is not encylopedic as Arora's 'Mushrooms Demystified' attempts to be, nor does it have the number of color photographs that either the Falcon Guide 'North American Mushrooms' or Audubon's Field Guide. But it's one of the easiest to use beginning with 48 (mostly color) plates, then branching off into related species.
55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
mushroom field guide July 3 2000
By michael t. fleming - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be well illustrated. And although not as comprehensive as i'd hoped, it is still the most complete guide I have found. Overall, I feel it is well above average--and I'm quite hard to please!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Gaining mushroom knowledge Oct. 28 2009
By Janice G. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
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This Field Guide to Mushrooms is somewhat easy to understand, but requires the user to have basic knowledge of some characteristics of mushrooms. There could be mistakes in ID made. As with any mushroom guide, the user must pay strict attention, and be very careful. The print is very easy to read, and the pictures are extensive. I feel this would be a good book for the hunter who has some basic experience in the field.
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2nd best mushroom book Feb. 23 2006
By C. B. Main - Published on Amazon.com
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The pictures in this guide are not quite as nice as in the audubon version but is still easy to use and a nice handy size for carrying in a pocket


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